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[teacherartexchange] re-NAEA


From: Rick Larson (jrlarson51_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 19 2007 - 04:59:39 PDT

Patty, I have to agree- Having taught a methods class at the college level,
I was amazed at the ed majors that couldn't spell. The more confusing
thing, to me was, when I marked them down for not being able to write a
coherent and grammatically correct sentence ( in which one didn't know the
difference between 'learn' and 'teach',) they couldn't believe that I would
do that, and went to the dean about it. I got the impression that they just
didn't think that anything about art was important,
and I couldn't believe they were going to be graduating in the field of
education. There is a complete lack of understanding of the role of the
arts for the majority of educators. NAEA could be promoting and supporting
educational initiatives for universities to make sure that all those going
into the field of education understand this critical role.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia Knott" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 6:37 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] NAEA( teacherartexchange digest: June 16,

>I think all of us that teach within the "system" understand what San D
>says. Those of us that are "elders" within the system give graciously
>to the young ones coming in to tackle the nuts and bolts of the
>requirements to meeting the demands of obtaining and securing a tenured
>contracted position.
> But
> Having just gone through the hiring process, and I'm not done with that
> yet, I have to wonder what is going on in the University process???????
> Over 200 applications for a position and I have eliminated at least 50%
> for careless errors. So think about that, I'm not even looking at what
> you think because, if you can't take the time to make proper entries on
> a form.... What kind of teacher will you be if you can't take the time
> to make sure you are correct?
> Nothing about art ed philosophy means anything if you can't spell!!!!!!!!
> and I mean that -- I eliminate for spelling
> I am totally at odds with interviews where candidates can't answer
> questions about current "isms"
> What is going on between what is happening in our public schools and what
> is happening in the universities? Doesn't seem to me that there is a
> good mesh between what I am looking for and what is being produced.
> Just what is going on in the colleges and how much are you looking to
> what is going on in the schools?
> And why is there not better dialogue between the two.???????
>> Re: NAEA publications:
>> I have never regarded any of the publications as "rules" or "guidelines"
>> but
>> "theories". And like all theories, some have application and others
>> don't. I
>> read them all, they are food for thought, and agree with some, find
>> others
>> not applicable. I understand the need to publish attached with our
>> professional organization, and the publications should not be "how to
>> primers" but more about ideas and contemporary research in art
>> education.
>> This list, our local associations and other books like those from Helen
>> Hume
>> provide the hands on information that we, in the classroom, can actually
>> use.
>> As for swapping with an art education professional (Professor) at a
>> university, count me out. I have honed what I do to a fine art, and
>> wouldn't
>> want to start from scratch. When I retire in 2 years, I plan to become a
>> weaver, not a college professor. Of course I offer mentoring services to
>> anyone who is yearning to teach on the high school level ;-)
>> San D
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